The Salvation Army.
— New barracks for the use of the Salvation Army were opened by “Col.” Nicol, on Saturday. Previous to the service, the “soldiers” paraded the village with music and banners. A large number was present at the service, including contingents from Wimbhdon, Sutton, etc. On Sunday the opening services were continued and the army again marched in procession through the streets. The new building is situated in Gladstone Road. which leads out of Merton Lane, and is in the midst of the houses of the poorer inhabitants of Mitchani. It is of neat elevation, brick built with stone facings, the porch being surmounted with a Maltese Cross. The outside measurement is about 50ft. by 20 ft. The hall is of neat appearance, having a spacious platform at the end. It is estimated to hold 250 persons. At the rear of the platform is a retiring room and the usual offices, also a kitchen containing a copper, etc. The hall is well lighted and the arrangements for ventilation are excellent. It has been built from plans by Mr. Olley, of Wimbledon. by Mr. J. Way, of the same town.
The St. Barnabas Hall was built before the church, and had its foundation stone laid in 1908 by Princess Louise Augusta. The inscription stone, seen on the south wall, says:
“This stone was laid by HH Princess Louise Augusta of Schleswig Holstein 11 July 1908”.
This OS map from 1911 shows the hall at the western edge of the Gorringe Park estate, onto which was later built the church, and housing.
The hall was used for various clubs such as the St. Barnabas’ Mixed Club (as listed in the 1949 Youth Club Handbook). The photo below was sent in by Mick Coe, who writes:
This photo is in my late grandfather’s photo album. I have identified the building as St Barnabas church and I believe that a boys club was attached to it in the 1920’s, as my late father attended it. I believe that he attended reunions as late as the 1970s with someone named Edser. He never mentioned whether the boys wore a uniform or not. Any information would be gratefully received.
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